Hey, if the bike doesn't fit, it isn't the right bike.
I bought a Valencia to use as a commuter and I agree that the wheels are sh*t. I plan to ride them for the winter then buy a set of nicer wheels for the summer commute.
The weight of my Valencia, btw is ~26lbs, which includes a rack and full-cover fenders. I should note I replaced all of the drivetrain components, stem and handlebars with the stock ones from my 7.5 FX, so that might make it a little lighter...probably cancels out the effect of the rack and fenders. I don't know how much the wheels weigh but my guess is a lot.
In any case it isn't light, but for a commuter I wouldn't consider it a beast. My 2003 Cannondale Adventure 400 was ~39lbs with rack and full fenders!!
This is the first year I plan to extend my commute to the winter months...hopefully the Valencia will deliver...